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Hamilton Mountain Loop Hike

  • Gateway Transit Center

    1321 NE 99th Ave. , Portland, OR (map)

    45.532467 -122.562447

  • Look for a group just outside the parking structure. I'm driving a black Accord wagon. We will be leaving by 9:15am
  • One of my favorite Gorge hikes, and this trail has it all: waterfalls, cliffs, deep forests, and stunning views of the Gorge. We will be turning right at the junction and doing the loop portion counter-clockwise, so that we'll do the steeper section first. I stop and look and take a lot of pictures, so we will be traveling at a reasonably relaxed pace (2mph-ish).

    The trail head is in Beacon Rock State Park, so we will need our Discover Passes for parking. (There is a kiosk at Beacon Rock where you can buy the pass with a credit card.  It costs $10 for the day and $30 for an annual pass.)

    I will email my cell phone number to everyone that signs up for the hike a few days before the hike.  Make sure you have my cell phone with you when you head out to meet us as it will be important for our communication.  Conatac me if you have not gotten an email with my cell phone number.

    Dogs not allowed on this trip.

    Hike information:

    Type of Hike: Loop
    Length: 9.4 Miles
    Elevation Gain: 2100 Feet
    Difficulty: Difficult

    Please pack a good lunch, lots of water and snacks for the drive home.

    Hamilton Mt. Hike Descriptions:

    We will do this hike rain or shine, so please come prepared for the weather.


    • Sturdy hiking boots/shoes
    • Two or three light layers of clothing that can be adjusted or removed as necessary(NO COTTON!!!) It is also important to bring layers, since it can be colder and windy at the top
    • Rain gear (Shell and pants if weather is wet)
    • The ten essentials (see below)
    • Lunch and at least 2 liters of water
    • Optional Items: Navigation devices, trekking poles, water and snacks for the ride home, sunblock, hat, sunglasses, bug juice, a dry change of clothes for after the hike, dress for weather.


    PLEASE NOTE THAT WE ARE MEETING TO CARPOOL FOR THIS HIKE But here are driving directions for the drivers:

    Driving Directions to the trail head:

    From Portland, take I-84 East and exit at Cascade Locks. Cross the Columbia River to Washington State over the Bridge of the Gods (toll required). Take a left on Rt 14 and go seven miles. Watch for Beacon Rock - it will tower in front of you as you approach the state park, which is near mile marker 35. Turn right into the campground and follow it uphill a short ways and take your first right into the small trailhead parking lot.

    From Vancouver, take Rt 14 35 miles east. As you near the state park you will begin to see Beacon Rock. Turn left into the campground and follow it uphill a short ways and take your first right into the small trailhead parking lot.

    Always a good idea to bring:

    10 Essentials

    1. Whistle
    2. lighter/waterproof matchesfire starter
    3. Map
    4. Compass (optionally supplemented with a GPS receiver)
    5. Knife
    6. Extra food and water (energy bar or gel)
    7. Extra clothes (hat, socks, gloves)
    8. Headlamp (outdoor)/ flashlight - (with extra bulb and batteries)
    9. First aid kit - it is a smart item to carry.
    10. Emergency shelter (solar blanket, garbage bag, tarp)

    Carpooling to Trail head: Carpools normally form at the Gateway parking garage where we will meet before the hike.  If you prefer to carpool with others to Gateway, please feel free to use the comments section for this event to let people know and make arrangements.

    CARPOOLING: Suggested mileage donation of 10 cents/mile/person.  RT mileage is 80 miles so the suggested donation for this trip would be $8.00. Exact change makes it easier to divide among our drivers. No one will be turned away for inability to contribute.  Thanks!

    Notice about the waiting list: The waiting list is manual for this hike which means that you won't be automatically placed on the trip when a spot opens up.  In fact anyone can grab an open spot.   To give those of you on the waiting list a better chance to grab a spot, as soon as I see the opening I will send an e-mail to all wait-listed folks.  The first person that responds by grabbing the spot gets on the trip.  If you are not successful on finding a spot on this trip, I want to thank you for your interest and encourage you to check back for future hikes.  Remember that we are always looking for new event leaders so that more people can have opportunities to participate.  Let us know if you want to volunteer to lead an event!

    NO GUESTS PLEASE! only group members are allowed to RSVP, so if you want someone to join you have them join our meetup group and RSVP for this event under their own name.

    Everyone must agree to the Group's Liability Agreement/Waiver. Your profile must show that you have read and agreed and you will sign a paper copy at the start of the event. If you need to fix your profile, there are step-by-step instructions on the Discussion board for this group - second message from the top.  People who sign up without the necessary agreement in their profile will be removed from the trip.

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  • Bill

    I fold. Sorry. I'll stick to sunny day hikes.

    April 6, 2013

    • Bill

      Ha ha, Joanne. I have a LOT to say to those remarks. First, I thought same as you - futhur east you go, dryer it gets. NOT AWLAYS. One rain-threatening day, I tried that. I hike up Mt. Defieance - got lost in the fog, followed wrong snow tracks down and ended up spending the night woods. Secondly I took a hike with a group - in the rain with my BEST waterproof gear. I lost 3 lbs - just by taking off my wet under clothes. Waterproof gear usually stays dry the first 2-3 time one wears them in the rain.

      April 6, 2013

    • Joanne

      Bill - Mt. Defiance is not east of the gorge. But I agree with you - you can still get rain anywhere and finding clothes that work is challenging. Frankly, I have hiked with an umbrella many time. Sometimes the old tried and true works best. I was thinking of Nesmith Point or go to Hood River and walk the old Highway. That can get you some dryer spots.

      April 7, 2013

  • Joanne

    I should also add that it is always a good idea to let your friends and family know when you do something like a hike and have at least one person that you set a check in time with so they will know when you don't show up home as planned. If I was doing this hike I think it would be reasonable to tell folks I will check in by 8 pm. Consider that if you meet at 9 am - you probably won't be at the hike site until 10 or later. A 9 mile hike at two miles an hour is 4.5-5 hours - plus add time for stopping along the way, having lunch, the drive back - conservatively 8 hours for the entire day trip. So you should be back to the starting point by 5 pm - allowing for other delays, traffic, a flat tire, stopping afterward for food, it could be longer.

    April 6, 2013

  • C.C.

    What time do you usually finish this hike?

    April 6, 2013

    • C.C.

      Understandable, I was just curious in general not trying to multi plan my day.

      April 6, 2013

    • Joanne

      Not to worry CC my comment was for everyone - not one person. Best to just go with the flow for this one.

      April 6, 2013

  • Joanne

    Folks - activities with this group are led by volunteers. They are graciously offering their own free time to organize an event so you can go and have fun. Please try to make the experience easy and pleasant for them so they will want to do this again and you will have more opportunities to get out and hike. Show up on time at the meeting location, be properly dressed, bring the right supplies, don't sign up for a hike that is too hard for your present capabilities, don't plan other events and then be complaining if the hike takes longer then you expected, commit to this being your activity for the day and relax and enjoy the event. If you have concerns as to whether you can to this hike physically, email the hike leader ahead of time. If you have other important commitments that day, then best that you don't go on the hike.

    April 6, 2013

  • Joanne

    Folks - if you have concerns about the time - don't go on the hike. This is a very long hike and the weather may or may not be nice - you just go and commit to hiking being you main activity for the day. Don't expect your hike leader to stick to any set time or schedule. There are just too many variables and you will just be frustrated if you try to schedule other activities.

    April 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Something came up

    April 5, 2013

  • Joanne

    Please don't put "plus one" in your comment - all attendees must have a profile as a member of this group (it's free to join) and sign up under their name. Thanks, Joanne

    April 4, 2013


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